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Shifting Allegiances at Yaxuna during the Early to Late Classic: Territory and the Loss of Independent Rule

Author(s): Jonathan Pagliaro ; Travis Stanton

Year: 2015

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The site of Yaxuna, Yucatan, Mexico was an independent Maya city from the Formative to Early Classic periods. While the size of its territory during the early periods is unknown due to the lack of regional data on other large early cities in Central Yucatan, the Early Classic dynasty at Yaxuna was violently and abruptly vanquished towards the end of this period. At this time, a 100 kilometer causeway was also constructed connecting Yaxuna to the large metropolis of Coba, which was at its political apex during the seventh century AD. This paper will discuss data from both Yaxuna and Coba that indicates that the domain of Yaxuna was incorporated into a growing state at Coba and also assumed a new role as the western border of the territory controlled by Coba during the Late Classic.

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Shifting Allegiances at Yaxuna during the Early to Late Classic: Territory and the Loss of Independent Rule. Jonathan Pagliaro, Travis Stanton. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395250)


Lowlands Maya Territory

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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America